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National League Update

September 23, 2013

Only tournament seeding is up for grabs in the National League as the regular season enters its final week.

The Atlanta Braves, who won 14 straight divisional titles, (likely avoiding a failure to do so in 1994 by the stoppage) from (1991-2005) won their first one since that point, clinching at 99 year old Wrigley Field.

Yesterday I waxed (not so) poetic about over 100 year old World Series rematches involving the Pittsburgh Pirates.

How about a 99 year old redux between the Braves and A’s, the latter now in Oakland and like the Braves in its third city in franchise history.

Perhaps it is no small coincidence that the A’s also clinched a divisional title yesterday, the same day the Braves clinched in a 99 year old park.

In the seeding battle, likely it is the Cardinals in the Central Division. The “Redbirds” lead both the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, each of whom is tournament bound, by two games entering the final week of the regular season.

Among the division winners/leader, the Braves lead the Cards by two and a half games and the Dodgers by three and a half games.

The half game is added by virtue of the fact that Atlanta owns the tiebreaker for higher seeding over both the Cardinals and Dodgers.

This is because Atlanta won the season series from each team. The Dodgers own the tiebreaker with the Cardinals for the same reason.

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